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IT’S TIME TO TRANSFORM THE
FUTURE OF WATER

We believe that water is solvable—and we do everything we can to make innovation accessible to those that need it.

Meet the 2024 Accelerator Cohort
Our Purpose

Imagine H2O envisions and builds solutions with the world’s best water entrepreneurs

Our zero-equity model connects startups with everything they need to thrive.

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Sustaining a global pipeline of promising water startups
  • We identify the world’s best water entrepreneurs and help them level up.
Building solutions as collaborative partners
  • We equip our entrepreneurs with mentorship, market access and pilot funding.
Developing a stronger, more connected water sector
  • We create trusted investor and customer networks to accelerate the adoption of new technology.

We deploy pilot funding to de-risk innovative water solutions faster

Barriers to adopt new technologies are high due to risk aversion and financial constraints. We provide catalytic capital and technical assistance to overcome these challenges and jumpstart innovation projects.

Water Innovation Pilot Fund
Deploying pilot funding alongside our startup accelerator programs
  • Our startup accelerators build a pipeline of pilot-ready solutions and support entrepreneurs through the pilot design process.
Monitoring our impact on water-stressed communities
  • 17 pilot projects were co-funded globally in 2023, with impact measured across different dimensions of the water crisis.
Our Impact

Over a decade of innovative water solutions

Our startups are advancing circularity and efficiency, expanding equity, improving health, and tackling climate change. 

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217
startups from 20 countries
$1B+
raised by our startups
$2.1M
in deployment funding, supporting 78 projects in 22 countries
55
Tech Adopters
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Our Programs

We’re the go-to partner for developing, piloting, and scaling solutions

All startups benefit from mentorship, ecosystem access, industry visibility and pilot support, with each program specializing in different geographies and water challenges.

Imagine H2O Accelerator

The Imagine H2O Accelerator equips early-stage water entrepreneurs with the resources they need to develop their solutions, commercialize their technologies, and enter new markets.

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Imagine H2O Asia

Imagine H2O Asia unlocks water innovation across the region, helping startups access new markets, partners, and pilot support from our Singapore hub.

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Urban Water Challenge

The Urban Water Challenge provides comprehensive support for entrepreneurs who are ready to launch and scale solutions that will transform the future of water in coastal cities.

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Our Tech Adopters

Our Tech Adopters make our work possible

Our partners are helping us lead the way to a stronger, more resilient water sector.

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Case Study

Imagine H2O partnered with SmartTerra throughout its startup journey – supporting it from product development to market expansion

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Urban Water Challenge I, Imagine H2O Asia 2

Focus Area

Water Efficiency

From prototype to pilot
In 2018, SmartTerra received funding from IH2O’s Urban Water Challenge to pilot an early prototype of their AI-enabled non-revenue water reduction solution. Armed with a successful reference case, SmartTerra was able to iterate on their solution while unlocking new opportunities in other Indian cities. 

Expanding outside of India
After gaining traction in their home market, SmartTerra joined IH2O Asia to identify a landing pad in the wider region resulting in their first pilot in the Philippines. Through a IH2O Asia-World Bank partnership, SmartTerra received on-the-ground support to validate their solution with two small public utilities in the country.

Scaling across the region
IH2O and SmartTerra incorporated the technical and operational learnings from that trial to secure paid pilots with new utilities in the Philippines. With the launch of IH2O’s partnership with The Coca-Cola Foundation in 2023, SmartTerra is now also conducting a multi-city deployment in Indonesia.

Imagine H2O makes water innovation possible. They sort through the best of the best and provide truly valuable solutions to the water sector.
Megan Glover CEO & Co-Founder, 120Water
Innovation is critical to meeting our immediate water challenges, and will become more important with the inevitable curveball of climate change. Imagine H2O is a leading convenor and voice, effectively elevating solutions that create a resilient water future.
Felicia Marcus Former Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
It’s easy to talk about how hard technology development for water and wastewater applications can be; few voices ever offer real solutions or optimism about facing those challenges. The Imagine H2O community combines the passion for our shared environmental mission with actionable insight about building businesses that drive impact.
Alex Rappaport CEO & Co-Founder, ZwitterCo
Innovation in water is vital but challenging. Imagine H2O gets it right in convening the best and the brightest entrepreneurs alongside innovative tech adopters, influencers, and the right sources of capital in a productive, engaging and fun space. That is what’s needed to move our sector forward.
Ifetayo Venner Wastewater Treatment Service Line Leader, Arcadis
Imagine H2O consistently uncovers and nurtures technologies and leadership teams that will drive the industry forward. I have been truly honored to be a part of Imagine H2O for more than ten years. It is exciting—and deeply gratifying—to work with top innovators in the water sector and with such an impressive group of judges, who bring their wide range of technical and business knowledge to our common goal of transforming the future of water.
Debra Coy Advisor, XPV Water Partners
Our Portfolio

Meet the world’s leading water innovators

Our entrepreneurs are transforming how water is used, reused, treated, and accessed.

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Infinite Cooling

Infinite Cooling

Closed loop cooling for power stations & industrial sites

 

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Cohort

Accelerator 2019

WeavAir

WeavAir

Digitizing Operations

Predictive solution for operations and management teams looking to reduce energy in buildings and facilities through the holistic tracking, diagnosis and detection of anomalies using data.

Cohort

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Programs participated

Imagine H2O Asia

Aquamonitrix

Aquamonitrix

Nitrite and Nitrate Monitoring

Aquamonitrix provides in-situ sensing of nitrite and nitrate using rapid ion chromatography and UV detection to optimize aeration processes in municipal wastewater treatment. 

An improved understanding of nitrous oxide and nitrite has allowed utilities to not only reduce their energy consumption and costs through more streamlined aeration processes, but also lower the production of nitrous oxide – a highly potent greenhouse gas.

Cohort

5

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Asia

H2MO

H2MO

Water & Wastewater Treatment

Biomimetic hollowfibre RO membranes (without Aquaporin). Bio-programmable membranes (BPM) drastically increase throughput by 3x while meeting effluent quality.

Improved fouling resistance and lifespan of the BPM-RO has been demonstrated through multiple pilots in Singapore demonstrating 50% savings in energy consumption and over 80% reduction in chemical cleaning due to reduced maintenance requirements.

Cohort

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Programs participated

Imagine H2O Asia